Miller v. Gilbert et al
ORDER denying 148 Motion for Reconsideration signed by Judge Benjamin H. Settle. **2 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL** (Christopher Miller, Prisoner ID: 632688) (MGC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
CASE NO. C16-5891 BHS
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S
MARGARET GILBERT, et al.,
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Christopher Miller’s (“Miller”)
motion for reconsideration. Dkt. 148.
On April 29, 2019, the Court denied Miller’s motion to appoint counsel. Dkt. 145.
In that order, the Court informed Miller that it sent multiple requests to the pro bono
panel after appointed counsel withdrew. Id. No attorney, however, volunteered to
represent Miller so the Court denied Miller’s motion to appoint counsel. Id. On May 7,
2019, Miller filed the instant motion requesting reconsideration. Dkt. 148. Miller states
that he is having difficultly litigating this matter by himself and respectfully asks for
placement back on the pro bono panel. Id.
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Because no attorney volunteered to represent Miller, the Court’s only option
would be to force an attorney to represent Miller. At this point, the Court declines to
impose such an obligation on an attorney in this civil suit for damages. If Miller finds an
attorney to represent him, the Court will favorably consider an appointment of that
attorney. Regarding the merits of the instant motion, the Court DENIES the motion
because it is not error to deny a motion to appoint when no attorney volunteers for such
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 3rd day of June, 2019.
BENJAMIN H. SETTLE
United States District Judge
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